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The Inverted Dragon’s Scale
August 28, 2016
Status: c130
I've really enjoyed "The inverted Dragon's Scale".

here's why.

1. Story: (without reading into RAWs, just the translated chapters)
- The author fleshes the flow of one scene to another. Its not something that's just scene 1 here, scene 2 there, scene 3 there, scene 4 quickly next next next. The scenes from one to another are knitted properly, and thus the breaks are often NOT at the end of the chapter, but rather as of what happens at the end of an event.

- The naming scheme of the title... more>> fits exactly to the overall spirit of the story. (its a chinese proverb by the way). This is important because (without spoiling too much), it deals with the MC's bottom line as he fiddles with the status quo and his newfound experience of transitioning from his body's status quo to what he CAN / COULD experience as an individual being (this is important). As such, we see as the choices he make, and him dealing with the consequence of himself being himself / choices made while the world does not revolve around him (surprise!) More on it on the 'add on' below:

2. Writing / narration.
- this story is, as is told from the 3rd party perspective, but not omniscient. Basically readers will have to pick up clues, pieces, make your own judgement, etc. The story does not assume the readers to know EVERYTHING, and does not make an assumption that the main characters will know everything.
- The scenes aren't detailed, but the author makes effort to put emphasis on what's happening (without going overboard as to explain why this or that is happening). E.G: In the early parts of the story the author writes about the character sleeping in the class as a conversation around him is happening (and the character himself, as pointed out, is unaware because he is sleeping). The author did not explain why the character is sleeping, but tells of the character's struggle to keep awake and his reluctance to stay awake (because he wants to continue sleeping, for reasons that aren't mentioned).
- impression wise, the story narrates without trying to overly explain things to the point "how it should have been understood by the readers in this sense". Its not pacy, its not slow. It will feel very cliffhanger-ish if you read it chapter by chapter (translated), so I would suggest that you wait for multiple chapters before binge-reading it in a go.

I believe its a good read, and best to read if you can binge read (since like I've said, the scenes are interwoven, so you won't know if the chapters you've read suddenly hits into a cliffhanger chapter)

add on: (this won't be a review, but more of some skim-on-the surface discussion)

A lot of rants are completely unjustified: While I won't go into spesific rants (because I cannot emphatize with the TL;DR generation of kids, but here's something without giving too much spoilers

1a) On "racism" (that doesn't even exist). You have to understand, that this is a story from a perspective of a person who did not had a head start in life. Essentially, he's exactly everything that what the world can sh*t on him on; he was born with a charcoal skin (its not like he's an African-American black kind of black. It is just that he's dark, very dark). Its not even racist (I'm not even sure if race applies here, because in this world, as of translated chapters, everyone gets the same Chinese-esque names. You don't get James Rodriguez, or Ali bin Abu, or Vajildra de la Cruz, or Vijayan Gomaladan, and etc. Everyone shares the chinese names. You can't be racist if these caucasian, arabian, malay, asian, Indian, Red Indian, Swedish, Russian, etc. Because it doesn't exist.

1b) On the tropes; There are a lot of tropes in this story. But then again, what stories don't utilize tropes or mask them? For a someone that was born with a lot of deficiencies (physical, and mental deficiency, to be exact), its pretty "normal" to have people that would, regardless of sensitivities to jeer at these underprivileged people. The MC, just happens to be part of the underprivileged group. For a time. Without spoiling the story, you just have to read how MC breaks away from that mental and physical deficiency. About the family treating MC nicely, it is as realistic as possible. A family with children with special needs will find it very difficult to take care of their children. But they will still do it. In this case the MC breaks away from the 'handicapped' status into a normal, and then later, well, you know, its a story... so you get the idea. But the family is realistically treating the MC. Sister loving the brother? In a caucasian world where its very "selfish and self centred" world view, a lot of people would find this concept laughable and alien. But asian readers would understand it a lot, because of the fact that in many asian societies, people live in a very 'busybody' communal lifestyle, where one thing is always, perpetually connected to another.

1c) A lot of story expectations lies in the MC should be like this, like that, can't be this, can't be that. This story isn't so. Understand again, that the proverb "The dragon's underscale, or the dragon's inverted scale", is exactly what the story is (at least up to chapter 130), the BOTTOM line. The MC itself lives his live, explores the new world that has opened up to him. That little blunders that he make, that very over the top confidence that is found in youths, that repercussions to his actions as he takes it all in; makes this story worth reading. But the more you read, the more you'll learn that the MC changes (despite the short chapters). The MC is relatable. His injustice, and later as you learn, the persona's injustice, is relatable. He grows, he learns, and he gets helped along the way. But he is relatable. <<less
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Manuke FPS
February 3, 2016
Status: --
[Note up to chapter 13]
A story about a FPS player that gets transported to another world, but retains game elements. I think if you're here from recommendation of Arifureta, or other 'gun totting' based LN, Its worth the read.

Still, there's a lot of world building, and we'll see how it goes.
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The Wizard World
March 8, 2017
Status: c10
Unrated, but just so for you to know:

The first 10 chapters are eeriely very similar to "warlock of the magus world".

since only 10 chapters are released, i'll withold writing more, but its good to know that the first 10 chapters are very similar to another novel.

... more>> But the differences end very quickly.

What I like about the entire thing is that the MC isn't exactly OP, but learns how to compensate certain deficiencies with assistance. It isn't shown if the MC is over-reliant on the chip, but the chip is already established not to be AI, and can only compute if sufficient data is keyed in (meaning no out of the box out of ordinary "i already calculated this" moments for MC). <<less
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Godly Model Creator
November 6, 2016
Status: c1.1
Definitely OP protagonist.

Its quite a fun read because its not entirely world breaking OP that he could annihilate the world that instant, though.

Its fun to read because we get to see how the MC experiments with his newly found abilities, and then dealing with the aftermath of his actions head on, instead of running away / etc.
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Because Janitor-san Is Not a Hero
May 28, 2016
Status: c28
I'm liking this because: (as of chapter 28)

a) despite being deprived of a typical "since you're transferred into this world let me give you a super big power up cheat ability", (which will basically alter the story, anyways don't wanna talk about it since it'll spoil the story), the MC is behaving exactly of what a typical "i'll watch the world burn, I don't care because the world forsake me so even if I die let it be" kind of a MC (circumstances forced upon him).

b) no ridiculous... more>> plot armor yet (though its subtle).

c) a very believable dog-eat-dog universe, gritty, and nothing comes in a plate for free. <<less
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Great Dao Commander
February 28, 2017
Status: v2c16
I have to give this a 5.

The cultivation progression is very different from other franchises, but its very believable. The MC behaves exactly like a opportunist, because he really found opportunities and didn't "forget" lessons from previous life.

The writing style is slow, something along the lines of "Ze Tian Ji", and "Legend of Cultivation God". Its not that slow though, but still can be considered "slow". The world building isn't something that's spammed in the first few chapters. Its something that you grow along, move along, and the more the... more>> story explores the more readers learn about the world. Sure the "i've got a secret cheat method" trope is apparent, but it isn't the means to exactly "walk through" the story (or bulldoze through events). Although 2 volumes is short, the MC has shown that its not a one way / singular purpose cheat item, and uses it in a fashion without holding back, unlike some other MCs of other franchises. <<less
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One Sword to Immortality
June 5, 2016
Status: c30
A story worth binge reading.

Modern setting, think of Harry Potter except it's a demons and humans thing, and think of "raksasha Street" manhua, and you get exactly this.
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Legend of the Cultivation God
May 22, 2016
Status: c107
TLDR edition:
other novels write something like this nn cultivation: "MC picks a book, he is excited about it. He learns it, within a month, he gains (large) success". [All of that in one sentence]

This novel, however; the same sentence is divided into >9000 chapters (its that slow) [just for the same effect]. ===========
This has to be the most roundabout style of storytelling I've seen in a Xianxia story there is. There is a Cantonese saying that goes "talk about Jesus to Holland" (literally saying, going such an... more>> extreme roundabout way to narrate / explain something, and never straight to the point). This story's storytelling is exactly that. As of chapter 107 the story is still explicating on its world and surrounding events without actually laying the punchline how those events directly affect the main story, so at this point it does feel like as if sidestories' developments have outnumbered and outpaced the main story line. Although mentions of cultivation have been earlier, the author's just teasing to just explicate how the MC absorbs his fundamentals/foundation on external and internal cultivation (which is again, so roundabout)

However:

cheat item: check
cultivation advantage: check
deus ex machina: check

The only thing is you've got to pick up the small, significant details because the author only mentions these details vaguely, or in a passing sentence so you'll probably need to figure out 'so what's the catch' about. <<less
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Lord of All Realms
October 23, 2016
Status: c67
This is a story by the author who wrote Great Demon King and God of Slaughter.

What is nice about this is that this work has a different start than other author's works. What is also nice is that the story doesn't make the MC OP right from the start. He doesn't know anything, and he doesn't know how to wield anything (except his own potential).

We see how the MC learns to adjust to his potential while at the same time juggling to the circumstances.

Is it boring? No. Is it super... more>> exciting? No. But the story does have its twists, and pretty decent ones at it. What's more, the story is hillarious in its own way because readers should be able to pick up the subtlety that the MC can't be 'measured' nor 'groomed' in 'normal' (at least normal in the world of the story) methods. A story worth reading just for the ride. <<less
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Path to Heaven
October 8, 2016
Status: c75
This is a story that's quite fun to read.

Why?

1) There's an artifact that has previous knowledge, but MC doesn't have the strength to fully utilize it.
2) MC gets what he wants, (although not on the fast track / fast lane), he's definitely learnt to understand that he may need to live on the fast lane.
3) Typical tropes but no bad execution.
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Plundering the Dao of the Immortal Journey
May 16, 2017
Status: c30
The reincarnation premise isn't fresh, but the urgency in enacting certain things before certain deadlines DO somewhat pave for the pacing of the story.

Its not a super fast story, but lengthy chapters do set a good pace that any readers can follow without saying "is this guy /MC taking a break even?" all the time.

At 30 chapters in, there isn't much explained about the world, but it is somewhat solid, and slowly built up
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Heaven’s Devourer
October 15, 2016
Status: c44
I'm pleasantly surrprised with this novel.

Its true that you get a lot of generic xianxia tropes, but what attracted me to reading (which at the time of writing was chapter 44) the entirety of translated chapters were because of

a) the pacing
b) the transition

... more>> I really like the pacing because its not too fast, nor is it too slow. It stays somewhere in the medium (because the story has tendency to explicate certain things, especially up to the 30 plus chapters), but its not too short nor too draggy.

The transitions are well placed. We know what would happen, but there's always a twist. Therefore the cliffhangers do bring a meaning because its not a matter of "when will you wrap up the matter" (which is prevailent in many xianxia / xuanhuan cliffhangers) but rather a matter of "how are you going to wrap up the matter / solve the problem).

Like another commentator, I'm surprised at the quality of the starting point. Its very strong and I believe if you compare with some of the "top ranking" novels in NUF, this story can hold its weight / ground (well at least up to chapter 44 where as of writing, that's how much its translated) compared to other stories' 44 chapters.

Definitely a good one to read for the action and drama. <<less
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Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki
May 25, 2016
Status: v2c5
a really great kingdom management story, with twists of philosophy (basically how to run a country, with an in depth discussion by the author).

Don't think its applicable in real life, but its a great what if situation, and its really good.
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The Outcast
February 24, 2017
Status: v1c10
I'm surprised that the translator dropped it (at least I don't see any updates)

The novel reminds of a mashup between Star Wars, Starship Troopers, and a wee bit of Matrix (the dystopian side of things). Its a bit like Kerberos and battle angel alita, (world setting). it was only 10 chapters, but I really do want more.
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its light-hearted, its warm, and its comedic.

What was a "sure ending" was wrecked with a monkey's wrench; but the MC has few goals and its quite realistic. Nice read for the fuzzy warm comedy.
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Ze Tian Ji
May 19, 2016
Status: c179
I consider this as a 'must read' series, for certain reasons:

1) the storytelling focuses a lot on narrating the thoughts and emotions of not one character, but multiple characters. What makes it interesting is that, the narration allows characters that are supposed to take the spotlight shines, be it the antagonist or the protagonist. 2) The world building is great, the build up is good. Its not like its forced to be slowed, nor its forced to be sped up, but just nice. 3) you should read it if you're... more>> into emotional stories. The writing reminds me a lot of Paolo Coelho's style of narration. (At least the translation is) <<less
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Swallowed Star
March 19, 2016
Status: --
Read up to Volume 5 chapter 71.

This work of IET is pretty refreshing. Its true that the plot formula and writing proses are very similar to his other works, but since this is based on modern day (and futuristic settings), the eastern fantasy elements (xuanhuan) isn't really prominent (like >9000 years have passed by in secluded training, where it was often the case, especially in Panlong (Coiling Dragon) and Stellar Transformations. The female lead doesn't get much 'screen time', but circumstances and character wise its quite believable.
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A Martial Odyssey
March 18, 2016
Status: --
This is a generic 1970s/1980s “Xianxia”, which is, in my opinion a throwback to the ‘older days’ of Jin Yong, Gu Long, and co (the 4 legendary writers).

If you liked Flying Fox of the Valiant, Demi Gods and Semi Devils (Tien Long Ba Bu), or Condor Heroes Series, you’ll probably like the storytelling.

If you ever wondered “what if there’s another story, where Wai Xiu Bou (from “The Deer and the Cauldron”) isn’t a scheming trickster, but instead a generic heroic seeking youth, and takes a backseat where his wives are... more>> more assertive”, then this is THAT story. Forewarned: the guy has multiple wives and love interests. More than 10. As such, I’m giving a 4/10 for the narratives and storytelling. <<less
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Commanding Wind and Cloud
March 14, 2017
Status: c16
The premise is simple:

Our MC here, gets a hat that enters a "virtual reality". What he learns / gains in the Virtual Reality gets transmitted / transferred / bleeded into his 'real world'. Furthermore, time passes way more slowly in the virtual reality world than the real world. This is his story. The world building is shallow. (That means no infodump, as of yet, which is great!)
The actions are decently paced.
The narration is okay (not bad, but since it focuses on third party POV with a lot... more>> of monologues, so it can be confusing) <<less
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This is a story about a japanese salary man who got transported into a fantasy world. In this world, he finds himself new experiences (especially the fact that he has 'talent' in healing). My impression is that this is a very well written story about a man trying to adjust from one world to another (and from one job, to another). The MC has a somewhat decent character growth (he still, in its core, remain somewhat himself) despite having to face difficult situations that a japanese salaryman would probably not... more>> bother to.

I would recommend to binge read on the story. <<less
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